Saturday, 28 January 2017

Famous/Infamous animals - Day 18

It’s time to go to the zoo! You have been invited to tour the national zoo with some students from one of the local schools. Although you don’t really know anyone you decide to be brave and give it a go! When you arrive at the front gates, you walk into the zoo and you immediately see…
Activity 1
Imagine that you have just entered the zoo. On your blog, tell us what you think you might see on your visit. You can start with this sentence:
I had just entered the zoo when, all of a sudden, I saw…

Aim for a blog post of 8 - 10 sentences in length. You can do it!
I had just entered the zoo when, all of a sudden, I saw. . . a herd of stampeding elephants! They had escaped the zoo "Oh No!" cried the zoo keeper, "I forgot to lock their gate again!" she whined as she walked back to her office shaking her head. "Help! Help! Somebody please help me!" screamed a voice in the distance. I ran to the location where the woman was screaming. She was stuck inside her car that was squashed by one of the elephants. "Please, please get me out of this mess," the lady sobbed as she tried to climb out of the smashed window. I pulled her out of the car and back to safety. I advised her not to try and drive pass a herd of elephants again. She laughed and said "Thank you so much," I smiled and said "No problem."
Activity 2
When you are at the zoo, you have the chance to learn about some animals that are specifically found in your country. They are called ‘indigenous’ animals. This means that they are originally from your country. Use Google to identify two indigenous animals from your country. On your blog, post a picture of the animals and tell us a bit about them. What are they called? Where do they live? What do they eat?
Kiwis live mainly in native forests and scrub and rough farmlands. Kiwis usually eats small things such as seeds, grubs and many varieties of worms.

Tuataras live in burrows and are more active at night. Tuataras are carnivorous so they eat lizards, frogs, small tuatara and the chicks of seabirds. 

Bonus Activity
Sadly, there are a number of animals in the world that are struggling to survive because they cannot find enough food to eat or a safe place to live. Many of these animals are dying and, in some cases, there are very few of them left. They are called ‘endangered animals.’ In New Zealand we have many endangered species, including the kakapo, a shiny green bird that likes to make its nest on the ground. Unfortunately, the nest is really easy to get to and other animals can easily steal the kakapo’s eggs. As a result, very few new kakapo are born. There are 55 kakapos in New Zealand right now.

The New Zealand government is trying to save the kakapo. They are looking for creative ideas. What do you think they could do? On your blog, tell us what you think should be done to save the kakapo. Please be as creative as you can!

Well, one of my ideas are you can take The Kakapo in. As in look after it yourself. Their have warm shelter and their eggs won't be stolen. Maybe you could build a Kakapo Sanctuary where you breed the birds so they don't become endangered anymore. 


  1. Hi Aliyah,

    It's Von. WOW! your on day 19! That's great and I think that you are one of the active students who have been working really hard on the summer learning activities and have shown huge improvement so I would likely to say a well done to you for the amazing effort you have put in for the summer learning journey!

    You should also know that I absolutely love your continuing story and I can't wait to see and read through your last postings of the summer learning Journey which is the = day 20 activities.

    Wonderful work and all the best :)

  2. Hi Aaliyah and Von,

    It's so exciting to see that you are on Day #19. WOW! I loved reading your ideas about the Kakapo as well as your description of the Kiwi bird and the Tuatara. I had never seen any of these birds or the Tuatara before coming to New Zealand. We don't have anything like them in Canada. Instead we have large, furry mammals like bears, caribou, deer and antelope. I have really enjoyed moving to a country that has such a different climate and different native species.

    I'm very concerned that we do everything that we can to protect these animals. I love your idea of sheltering the Kakapo by building a Kakapo Sanctuary. This is really good thinking, Aaliyah. I hope that the people working for the Department of Conservation (DOC) in New Zealand consider your suggestion. I will pass it onto a friend of mine who works for them ;-)

    Lovely work, Aaliyah and great commenting, Von. You are a rockstar commenter!

    Rachel :)